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A Cold Day at Harvard Pond

Sometimes you have to be flexible.  We wanted to hike into the Quabbin Reservoir at Gate 41, but the situation was not hospitable.  More about that in a future post.  So, back into the car on a very cold day.  We passed by a favorite spot on Route 122 in Petersham, MA, Harvard Pond.  The light was special.  But did I say it was cold? Only black and white would do.  (Click on the images for a better view.)

The sun was hiding behind the trees to our south, creating some wonderful shadows and beams.

This is an interesting forest.  It was largely decimated by the Great Hurricane of 1938.  Since then though, it has been untouched for the most part, except for some scientific forest management studies conducted by the University. Remnants of character trees are everywhere, making for some good spots for wildlife.

We’ve stood on these shores and seen otters in the past, alas though, only when the camera was firmly affixed with a wide angle lens.

Those are beaver deceivers, designed to frustrate the little engineers.  I guess the folks at Harvard Forest are happy with the current water level. It’s always about the water in these parts.

You’ll see a new splash page when you open the site as well as a new banner at the top of my blog.   This is a panorama, not big enough for Gigapan I’m afraid, of the Harvard Pond, in Harvard Forest, Petersham.  This is a lovely spot, right off Route 122.  We happened to be driving by and noticed this beautiful island with some very interesting tress.  The autumn foliage colors made the day.  Harvard Forest is owned by Harvard College and represents a significant effort on their part to engage in ecological research and practice related to forest management.  This is a very worthwhile place and you can read more about it here: